Oklahoma football: OU takes what Texas does not want, and then makes Longhorns pay

Several Sooner players are from Texas, and most did not receive an offer from the Longhorns. Looking at recent Red Rivalry outcomes, perhaps Texas missed out.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 14, 2012

“I would just say that probably half or more than half of our teams were from Texas,” Dvoracek said of Lone Star State natives who have played well in Red River bouts.

“I didn't ever want to go to Texas. I couldn't care less if they offered me. ... I think everybody's motivated to play in that game because everything about it is awesome.”

Texas' recruiting classes under Brown have, more often than not, been ranked higher by recruiting services than Stoops' during their respective tenures. The Sooners last won a major recruiting battle against Texas in 2009, when now-OU senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland signed.

The majority of Texans on Oklahoma's 2012 roster didn't receive UT offers, including starters David King, Demontre Hurst, Tom Wort and Trey Metoyer.

King and Hurst each scored defensive touchdowns against Texas in 2011. Saturday, Hurst recovered a fumble and Wort forced one.

Still, Dvoracek attributes it mostly to his belief that Texas under Mack Brown is just soft.

“I can't think of any Texas teams since Mack Brown's been there — since I've been watching — that just lined up and devastated you with their physicality,” Dvoracek said.

“They were soft (Saturday), and they've been soft in the past. When they get down, they shut it down. You've seen that from them time and time again.”

None of OU's 11 commitments for the class of 2013 have Texas offers; more than half of Texas' 15 commits hold OU offers.

Some of that is due to strategy — Brown has sometimes waited to offer scholarships until he's relatively certain the player will sign.

“They've built a premium on their offers,” said Josh McCuistion, recruiting editor for SoonerScoop.com, the Rivals site that covers OU.

Either way, the fact remains: In 14 meetings between Brown and Stoops, Oklahoma is 9-5. Four of those Sooner wins have been blowouts; only one of Texas' — a 45-12, Vince Young-led win in 2005, the Longhorns' national-title season — was that convincing.

“There's something Oklahoma has that Texas doesn't, and I can't put my finger on it,” Mensik said. “All I know is that it's been working for Coach Stoops for a long time, and I think it'll continue to work as long as he continues to get those quality guys.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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